SBI PO Main Exam Analysis 2019: Review & Questions 20th July

SBI PO Main 2019 Exam Analysis:

Today (20th July) was the SBI PO Main 2019 Examination. After the Phase-I Prelims, this was the much-awaited exam for all the candidates aiming to become a Probationary Officer in the State Bank Of India, and here is the complete exam analysis and review of today’s SBI PO Main 2019. The  GA Questions Asked in SBI PO Main 2019 were based on current affairs of last 4-5 months. Around 28 to 30 questions were from GA Power Capsule.

SBI PO Main 2019 exam had two parts; first was the objective test of 200 marks which had 4 sections Data Analysis and Interpretation, English Language, Reasoning and Computer, and General Awareness (with special reference to banking) for a duration of 3 hours and each section had its allotted time limit. The second was a descriptive test of 30 minutes which had Letter and Essay writing collectively for 50 marks. The level of Today’s exam was difficult. English Section again brought in new surprises for aspirants with new pattern based and twisted questions.

The order of occurrence of sections were:

  • Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation 
  • General Awareness
  • English Language


English Language  19-23
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude  13-17
Data Analysis and Interpretation  14-18
General Awareness 20-24
TOTAL 79-88


The level of quantitative aptitude was moderate to Moderate-Difficult. There were 3 sets of DI. However, this section was relatively of a do-able level when compared with the English and Reasoning Section. Following are the DI types asked in SBI PO Main 2019.
  • Caselet DI (based on Probability, 5 question)
  • Line Graph (based on population density of 3 villages, 7 questions)
  • Tabular DI (based on Time & Work, 3 questions)
  • Funnel Chart Based DI (7 Questions)
  • Caselet DI (Based on marks of 4 students A,B, C, D in English subject, 3 Questions)
The questions were:
Topic No. of Questions Level
Quantity I: Quantity II: Quantity III  03 Moderate
Data Interpretation 25 Moderate-Difficult
Miscellaneous 07 Moderate-Difficult
Total 35 Moderate-Difficult


The English Language section consisted of 4-5 Paragraph type Reading comprehensions. The RCs were based on topics like Mutual Funds, Investment in real estate, Global Warming, Employee Retention, Chinese Economy etc.
Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension  25 Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement (Related to Idioms/Phrases) 05 Moderate
Sentence Replacement 05 Moderate
Total 35 Moderate


The level of reasoning was Moderate-Difficult. There were NO questions of computer aptitude. Following were the questions of puzzles and seating arrangement:
  • Parallel Row Puzzle (10 people)
  • Square Based Puzzle (10 people, facing north & south)
  • Rectangular Based Puzzle (2 rectangles)
  • Line Based Puzzle (7 people, based on blood relation)
The questions were:

Topic No. of Questions Level
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles 
Coding Decoding (new pattern)

05 Moderate
Passage Inference
Course of Action
Machine Input Output
Moderate- Difficult
Decoding based Direction Sense



This section had 40 questions and the level of the questions asked was moderate. Most of the questions in this section were covering the current affairs and news of last 4-5 months. As per the review given by students who appeared for this exam, here are some of the questions:

Q1. In union budget 2019-20, Railways has received a budgetary allocation of-?
Answer: Rs 65,837 crore

Q2. The Government of India, the Government of Kerala and the ____ signed a Loan Agreement of USD 250 million for the First Resilient Kerala Program to enhance the State’s resilience against the impacts of natural disasters and climate change.
Answer: World Bank

Q3. How much fund allocation for public sector banks in budget 2019-20?
Answer: Rs 70,000 crores

Q4.  Which company has announced the launch of its new Wings application in India on Google Play Store?
Answer: BSNL

Q5. Which bank has partnered with M1Xchange Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) platform for MSME bill discounting?
Answer: Bank of Maharashtra

Q6. Abhijeet Gupta is releted to which sports?
Answer: Chess


This section was of 50 marks with a time limit of 30 minutes.

Letter Writing (150 words):

a) Write a letter to the Branch Manager for the replacement of lost Cheque book.
b) Write a letter to your senior thanking him career advice.
c) Write a letter to the Branch Manager to increase the number of counters in the respective branch.

Essay Writing  (150 words):

a) Digital Literacy
b) E-commerce impact on traditional business
c) Precaution to be used while using online banking.

NOTE: The exam analysis is based on inputs from various candidates who have appeared for SBI PO main 2019 exam analysis.

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